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Lubricant 5 lube substitutes you should never put in your vagina

Don't waste your saliva because it is not an effective lubricant option.

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Putting saliva in the vagina can cause infection.

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Using a lube will help you pass that dry situation and you will be able to glide down easily. But sometimes you want a natural do it yourself option when you realize you're totally out of the stuff and sex is on the table.

However, seemingly harmless slippery substances can contain allergens, deteriorate your skin, or can interfere with condoms.

Below is a list of "do it yourself" natural lubes you should avoid.

1. The baby oil

Not only can it suppress a condom's effectiveness, but using baby oil in your vagina can increase your risk of developing a yeast infection.

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2. The shortening

 Since this cooking staple is oil-based, it's not condom-compatible. Plus, it actually makes for a terrible lubricant. It's not all that slippery, so for most women, it's not effective. And since it hasn't been particularly formed for vaginal use, there's always a chance that it could irritate your vagina.

3. Spit

It's there and it's wet, so it makes sense that you'd consider using it as a lube when you're in a need. However, it's not slippery enough to be an effective lube. So you're just wasting your time and saliva. Plus, spit facilitates the transmission of STDs and could introduce infection into your vagina.

4. Petroleum jelly

It looks like lube, but petroleum-based products can lead to infection. And, like other oil-based lubes, it can screw with condoms.

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5. Lotion

There are a lot of latent irritants in lotions, like perfumes and propyl glycols which can cause swelling, puffiness, and general irritation down there. So you should consider coconut oil instead than risking an STD or infection down there.

Coconut oil is a favorite of lots of women. Beyond the fact that it smells and tastes good, it's also easy to use since it's a solid at room temperature, and turns into a liquid with warmer temps.

Just keep in mind that it can deteriorate latex condoms, so don't pair these two during sex.